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Kell Brook: Gennady Golovkin win would give fighter ‘greatness’

Britain’s IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook said he took the fight with undisputed world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin “to reach greatness”.

The undefeated fighters will meet in London on 10 September.

Brook, 30, who is moving up two weight divisions, is unbeaten in 36 fights while Kazakh Golovkin, 34, has won all 35 of his professional bouts.

“The greats have gone on, like Sugar Ray Leonard, to win titles in the heavier divisions,” said Brook.

“To be a great fighter, you have to do great things. For me, a welterweight, to step up against one of the most feared fighters in the world, I’ll have to do everything right. If I don’t, I’ll come up short.

“We’re going to put the hard work in in training. We will go through hell in that training camp but that’s what you have to do to reach greatness.

“When it was floated, I jumped at the chance. I’m doing it for the fans.”

American Leonard won titles at five weight divisions in the 1980s – welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight.

Golovkin has never boxed in Britain before but has beaten two British fighters in world title defences – Matt Macklin was knocked out in three rounds in 2013 and Martin Murray lasted 11 rounds in 2015.

Speaking at a news conference in New York, he said he thinks Brook will give him his most difficult fight to date.

“It’s the biggest day for me,” he said. “He’s (Brook) very strong. It’s the biggest test for me.”

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Kell Brook’s fight with Gennady Golovkin ‘solves a problem’ for both fighters

Gennady Golovkin’s promoter says his bout with Kell Brook solves a problem fighters share – that opponents in their own weight divisions do not want to face them.

Welterweight Brook (36-0-KO25) will fight the Kazakh middleweight at the 02 Arena and live on Sky Sports Box Office on September 10, with all four of Golovkin’s world titles on the line.

Brook’s decision to accept the fight has been questioned by many people within the sport, but the 30-year-old has said he plans to be a “different animal” during the contest.

Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler feels the fact both fighters boast undefeated records and reputations as fearsome competitors meant they were limited in terms of potential opponents in their own weight divisions.

“Kell wasn’t really on our radar screen because he’s a welterweight, so we didn’t expect him to be a realistic opponent,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“But I think Kell had been thinking about this fight for a while because he’s had a challenge getting the big welterweight names to fight him, just like we’ve had the same challenge getting big middleweight names to fight Gennady.

“So this really solves the problem for both fighters. It’s a massive event. I was at the fight in the United States when Kell beat Porter and he made a huge statement in that fight.”

Loeffler says the dominant opinion of Brook within the Golovkin camp is one of respect for taking on such a difficult-looking fight, and says the Sheffield star will not be underestimated.

“Gennady’s always 100 per cent prepared,” he said. “I’ve never seen any athlete train as hard as he does and there’s a reason behind his success.

“He’s consistent with every fight and he never underestimates any opponent. With Kell stepping up from welterweight it takes it to a whole new level and I think that’s why the fans are so excited.

“You’ve got to give him a lot of respect for that.”